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2531 Petaluma Blvd S, Petaluma, CA 94952
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TEAM GHILOTTI

MEET OUR TEAM

In Loving Memory of Glen Ghilotti
Born 7-20-58 Died 3-25-18

KEVIN GHILOTTI // PRESIDENT AND CO-FOUNDER

KEVIN GHILOTTI // PRESIDENT AND CO-FOUNDER

BIO:
As a fourth generation Ghilotti, and son to the late, great Glen Ghilotti, Kevin assumed the role of President in 2018. No stranger to construction work, Kevin spent every summer in the field alongside his dad, absorbing the processes, people, and the philosophies that drove an exceptional product. While Kevin pursued interests in marketing and business, Glen set his sights on establishing a new kind of Construction Engineering firm. In 2007 they joined forces to launch Team Ghilotti. With Glen’s guidance, Kevin helped mature Team Ghilotti’s operations and processes, with a mind for community give-back initiatives. Today, Kevin works tirelessly to maintain the impact of Glen’s legacy while looking ahead to innovate and elevate Team Ghilotti’s operations at every level, including the standout culture that truly makes Team Ghilotti best-in-class.

FAMILY:
Kevin works alongside his sister Jennifer, and lives in Petaluma. He has two English Bulldogs, Rosie and Vinny.

HOBBIES:
Kevin’s appreciation of marketing and visual storytelling includes a passion for film, too. When not running Team Ghillotti, he’s watching the next Oscar contender or scanning Netflix.

“Team Ghilotti is more than a family name or legacy. It’s a standard of excellence we pledge by, made possible by the best possible Team.”


JENNIFER GHILOTTI  //  CONTROLLER

JENNIFER GHILOTTI // CONTROLLER

BIO:
Jennifer’s financial acumen and fluent knowledge of the construction trade helps shape Team Ghilotti’s present and future. After graduating at the top of her class from Sonoma State University with a B.A. in Mathematics and obtaining a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Phoenix, Jennifer rolled up her sleeves to join the newly established Team Ghilotti in 2007. With her brother, Kevin and late father, Glen, Jennifer was instrumental in building the family business. From her early days in project coordination and accounting to her leadership role today, Jennifer excels in shaping efficient systems and trend analysis to maintain the company’s vitality, growth, and revenue.

FAMILY:
Jennifer is a Team Ghilotti family original, along with her brother and company co-founder, Kevin.

HOBBIES:
Jennifer loves to read, tend to her show-quality goldfish, and go on outdoor adventures with her dog, Dallas, whenever she gets the chance.

“It’s gratifying to know that you’re part of an organization that impacts daily lives”


GINGER GHILOTTI // DISPATCH

GINGER GHILOTTI // DISPATCH

BIO:
Ginger leads all scheduling and communications in order to make team Ghilotti’s daily field operations possible. With top-notch organization skills and initiative, Ginger coordinates with superintendents, foreman, and trucking agents to ready job sites with teammates, equipment, and materials. Ginger’s big-picture thinking has helped implement new, efficient systems to streamline our operations, and her attention to detail keeps all of Team Ghilotti’s projects on target. Each day, Ginger brings a winning attitude that boosts morale and supports all teammates out in the field.

FAMILY:
Originally from Novato, Ginger lives in Windsor and has two school-aged kids.

HOBBIES:
Ginger has two horses and is an accomplished rider. She also enjoys camping, fishing, and visiting the snow with her family.

“We are a company that really recognizes and supports each other, and giving back to the community is part of who we are.”


CONNIE CAREY // PAYROLL

CONNIE CAREY // PAYROLL

BIO:
Connie has been a core member of Team Ghilotti’s accounting team since 2014. As a fourth generation Ghilotti, Connie grew up visiting construction job sites and scoping out equipment with her father. She developed a deep admiration for the impact that builders have on their communities, and it was only a matter of time before she would apply her talents to support the trade. Connie brings high-level organization skills to her day-to-day tasks and works alongside company management, human resources, and accounting to ensure smooth operations and employee communication.

FAMILY:
Connie is married with two children and lives in Santa Rosa.

HOBBIES:
Connie lives for live music; when she isn’t spending quality time with her family or venturing on a hike, you might find her at a local show.

“From the office to the job site, everyone at Team Ghilotti works hard for the Team.”


ROBERT E. LEE // FIELD SUPERINTENDENT & LEAD ESTIMATOR

ROBERT E. LEE // FIELD SUPERINTENDENT & LEAD ESTIMATOR

BIO:
Robert sets the standard and strategies that guide Team Ghilotti’s estimation practice. In the footsteps of his father and grandfather before him, Robert’s reputation precedes his infamous family name in Northern California’s heavy construction and engineering circles. Prior to joining Team Ghilotti in 2012, Rob (a.k.a “the General”) was a superintendent at Argonaut Construction for 21 years and spent five years as a foreman at Maggiora & Ghilotti before that. With substantial field knowledge and extensive public and private sector experience, Robert directs accurate project assessments every time.

FAMILY:
Robert is a longtime resident of Petaluma and is married with two grown children.

HOBBIES:
Robert is an avid reader and devours about three books a week. When not leading projects, he enjoys out-of-state excursions to hunt deer, antelope, elk, and birds.

“The Team Ghilotti difference is in the variety of work we do exceptionally well.”


JOE MOREIRA // GENERAL MANAGER

JOE MOREIRA // GENERAL MANAGER

BIO:
Joe is one of Team Ghilotti’s quintessential and standout leaders, with a strong breadth of expertise across all of the company’s projects and core capabilities. Since earning a B.A. from San Jose State in Civil Engineering, Joe has worked in concrete and paving construction for more than 30 years, with managerial experience across public and private sectors. With a hands-on approach and mastery of all aspects of project operations, Joe elevates Team Ghilotti’s client services and internal processes. Joe first met Glen Ghilotti when he served on the board of the Engineering Contractors Association, and officially joined the Team in 2010.

FAMILY:
Joe has three grown children and lives in Sebastopol with his wife.

HOBBIES:
Joe is a snowboarding and motorcycle enthusiast, and semi-professional tinkerer.

“The quality and competencies of the people we have at Team Ghilotti are the best I’ve ever worked with.”


MATTHEW VERKE // SUPERINTENDENT

MATTHEW VERKE // SUPERINTENDENT

BIO:
Joining the firm in 2008, Matt is one of Team Ghilotti’s hand-selected early employees, a testament to his experience, professionalism, and exceptional management skills. Like many of his Teammates, Matt comes from a long line of family members who have worked in construction, with generations of operating engineers before him. Early on, Matt decided to dedicate to a life-long career in the trade. He began as a union operator running heavy equipment and climbed the ranks at local construction firms to excel as a specialist in grading and underground. Matt is a strategic thinker and talented leader; he effortlessly fosters camaraderie while always prioritizing job safety and quality processes.

FAMILY:
Matt is originally from Petaluma and lives in Penngrove, and is married with two children.

HOBBIES:
Matt has a zest for outdoor sportsmen activities and enjoys camping, hunting, and boating on Trinity Lake with his family.

“Safety is a big part of what we do – it’s truly number 1. We do it right the first time, and never sacrifice quality.”


MIKE SCIACCA // PAVING SUPERINTENDENT

MIKE SCIACCA // PAVING SUPERINTENDENT

BIO:
Mike is one of the first hand-selected employees to join Team Ghilotti’s at our founding, which says everything about Mike’s versatility, capabilities, and his superior work ethic. With more than 30 years experience, Mike built and established his career at Maggiora & Ghilotti where he worked his way up as a foreman for underground, concrete, and paving projects. In his role as Paving Superintendent, Mike is a versatile and proactive problem-solver; he excels at being one step ahead to plan, coordinate, and optimize job sites for efficiency and safety. Mike is a strong leader who demonstrates Team Ghilotti’s core values of mutual respect, open communication, and mentorship at every turn.

Family:
Mike lives in Rohnert Park and is the father of a son, a daughter, and a stepson.

Hobbies:
Mike’s daughter is a talented barrel racer and he enjoys traveling with her all around the state for competitions and shows.

“At Team Ghilotti, there’s a structure built-in to our operations so that no one is ever out there for themselves. We work together to succeed together.”


AL TEXERIA // SERVICE MANAGER

AL TEXERIA // SERVICE MANAGER

BIO:
Al brings nearly five decades of paving and grinding experience as Team Ghilotti’s Service Manager. While studying Drafting and Civil Engineering at Santa Rosa Junior College, Al worked part-time as a union contractor. Using his hands and building in dynamic environments spoke more to Al’s sensibilities. He began his construction career at Maggiora & Ghilotti and later joined North Bay Construction. In 2010 Al joined Team Ghilotti, bringing with him exceptional expertise in paving, grinding, and road surfacing techniques. When not running bids and overseeing crews, you can catch him on the back of a Cat paver.

FAMILY:
Al grew up in Sebastopol and currently lives with his wife in Cloverdale. Between them, they share five children and stepchildren.

HOBBIES:
As a NASCAR enthusiast and car lover, Al makes frequent trips to Sonoma Raceway and Las Vegas for NASCAR and National Hot Road Association drag races. He owns a 2001 Pontiac Trans Am WS6 and 2017 Dodge Challenger TA392.

“The atmosphere at Team Ghilotti is just different. Our people are skilled, knowledgeable, and we lift each other up.”


KAREN TOSO //  PROJECT MANAGER

KAREN TOSO // PROJECT MANAGER

BIO:
Karen brings more than 20 experience years experience in project management, engineering, and estimating to keep Team Ghilotti’s projects running ahead of the curve. Since earning her degree in Construction Management from Chico State, Karen has focused her career at construction firms in the East Bay and Marin, honing her problem-solving and teamwork skills with a variety of crews and clients. As a solid member of the Team since 2014, Karen’s disciplined approach and team-oriented attitude results in successful completions for clients time and time again.

FAMILY:
Karen is married with stepchildren and lives in Novato with her husband and dachshund, Peanut.

HOBBIES:
Besides visiting her grandchildren in Idaho, you can find Karen participating in arts and craft activities with friends. She enjoys giving back to her community and serves on the board of 100 Sonoma People Who Care, a local nonprofit.

“I love being a part of building something and going onsite to see the process from concept to completion.”


ALISSA PRICE //  ACCOUNTS PAYABLE

ALISSA PRICE // ACCOUNTS PAYABLE

BIO:
More than an accounting professional, Alissa wears many hats to keep the internal culture here at Team Ghilotti thriving. Alissa has worked with various Marin-based construction businesses for more than ten years and brings her specialized insight into the unique needs of Team Ghilotti’s accounting systems. Alissa joined the Team in 2013 and works alongside multiple departments to analyze project activity and execute her role with speed, accuracy, and efficiency. Her collaborative attitude has made Alissa one of Team Ghilotti’s go-to spirit champions for planning company events and employee perks, too.

FAMILY:
Alissa lives in Petaluma and is married with two daughters.

HOBBIES:
Cooking and baking play a big role in Alissa’s household, and she’ll jump at the chance to head to her happy place, Doran Beach.

“The family-oriented culture at Team Ghilotti extends to everything we do, for our clients and for each other.”


SEAN DURENBERGER //  PROJECT MANAGER & ESTIMATOR

SEAN DURENBERGER // PROJECT MANAGER & ESTIMATOR

BIO:
Sean is a seasoned professional who began his career in the field after obtaining a degree in Construction Management from Santa Rosa Junior College. With more than two decades of experience with estimating and running projects for firms in the Bay Area, Sean joined Team Ghilotti in 2016 to leverage his expertise across public and private sector projects. As one of the Team’s adept project managers and estimators, Sean brings a huge amount of institutional knowledge, organization, and collaboration to anticipate needs on every project, and streamline processes for best client outcomes.

FAMILY:
Sean grew up in San Rafael and lives in Petaluma with his wife and two sons.

HOBBIES:
When Sean isn’t working, he’s a dedicated father and enjoys being a coach for his kid’s sports activities.

“We’re a big company with a small company feel. Everyone has a defined role which makes Team Ghilotti run as an effective and cohesive team.”


STEVE  KAHELER // MASTER MECHANIC

STEVE KAHELER // MASTER MECHANIC

BIO:
Steve came onboard when Team Ghilotti was founded in 2007 and has been a lynchpin for keeping the firm’s fleet of equipment in top operating condition. With nearly 40 years of experience as a Heavy Duty Repairman, Steve runs the mechanic shop and safety program with plenty of hands-on work on all major repairs. As an expert in his field, Steve is talented in troubleshooting and oversight; he keeps abreast on all major systems, mentors teams on best practices, and advises company leadership on major decisions for equipment upgrades.

FAMILY:
Steve is the father of two grown children and lives in Petaluma with his wife and dog, Hank.

HOBBIES:
Steve loves to race cars and is always up for exploring a new campground.

“At Team Ghilotti there’s a true effort to work together and build together as a team.”


DAN MERCURY //  SERVICE MANAGER

DAN MERCURY // SERVICE MANAGER

BIO:
Dan is one of Team Ghilotti’s pillar employees who came on board the day Kevin and Glen founded the company in 2007. Dan is a respected U.S. Army veteran who set his sights on a career in construction. He began at C.R. Frederick in Novato then dedicated 25 years at Maggiora & Ghilotti before joining the Team. With decades of union experience as an underground foreman in piping and paving, Dan brings a level of experience and expertise that is unrivaled. As Service Manager at Team Ghilotti, Dan interfaces with inspectors and supervises work on sewer, water, and storm drain pipes for counties and municipalities. With a love for the trade and working with everyone in it, Dan is a true partner, collaborator, and friend to all.

FAMILY:
Dan lives in Vallejo with his wife and has one grown daughter.

HOBBIES:
Dan is a fisher, shooter, and hunter. He’s an active member of The Valley of the Moon Trap Club and the Silverado Archers based in Napa.

“In the famous words of Glen, we do the job once, and we do it right. Never look back.”


JOHN MERZ // LEAD CARPENTER

JOHN MERZ // LEAD CARPENTER

BIO:
John directs any carpentry needs for all of Team Ghilotti’s projects and service areas. As a fourth generation carpenter from San Rafael, John has worked with his hands for more than 40 years when employed at various Merz family businesses before joining the Team. John’s work is the foundation to our concrete operations; he directs all structural concrete and flat work and manages subcontractors for carpentry needs across multiple projects. With incredible accuracy and attention to detail, John’s standard of quality and work speaks for itself.

FAMILY:
John lives in San Rafael with his wife and has four grown children.

HOBBIES:
John is a car guy and loves taking his jeep to the mountains for stream trout fishing.

“The Team is invested in doing great work and we share a common goal–to get the job done right.”


JUAN AVELAR // UNDERGROUND FOREMAN

JUAN AVELAR // UNDERGROUND FOREMAN

BIO:
Juan joined Team Ghilotti in 2012 and brought with him an extensive 18-year career supervising underground projects in both the public and private sectors. Juan knows earthwork and guides teams on protocol for the safe installation of underground conduit, service lines, meters, storm, sanitary, water, and gas lines. Juan’s strength is his attention to detail to ensure projects move safely and efficiently. In the face of challenging conditions, Juan motivates teams with a positive attitude while maintaining strict adherence to regulations and procedures.

FAMILY:
Originally from Mexico City, Juan lives in Clear Lake with his wife. He has four grown children.

HOBBIES:
Juan enjoys hiking, camping, and spending time with his family.


FERNANDO ROMO // UNDERGROUND FOREMAN

FERNANDO ROMO // UNDERGROUND FOREMAN

BIO:
Fernando’s work ethic, organization, and management skills help Team Ghilotti exceed in all underground project goals. Fernando joined Team Ghilotti in 2008 as an apprentice to work alongside his father and uncle. For eight years, Fernando excelled in his role as a journeyman and in 2018, he was promoted to Underground Foreman. Fernando is immersed in all aspects of Team Ghilotti’s standards and has extensive hands-on skills across the Team’s core competencies. Each day on the job, Fernando brings Team Ghilotti’s values of mentorship, respect, and attention to quality to see projects through to completion.

FAMILY:
Originally from Petaluma, Fernando lives in Fairfield with his wife and three children.

HOBBIES:
When not on the job site, Fernando enjoys spending time with his family, riding motorcycles, and fishing.

“Each day our team works together to stay a step ahead. We always try to go up and beyond our daily goals.”


JOHN LOFTUS // GRADING FOREMAN

JOHN LOFTUS // GRADING FOREMAN

BIO:
With nearly 20 years of experience in construction engineering field work, John brings a strong skill set to the Team Ghilotti crew. Before joining the Team in 2017, John worked for a variety of construction companies in the Bay Area where he honed his strengths in leading teams, grade setting, operating, and job site layout. When out in the field, John is talented in projecting and scaling resources and translating plans into realized executions. John’s a real team player who keeps the needs of the surrounding community top-of-mind for every project. He always maintains a safe and friendly work zone for our crews to get things done.

FAMILY:
John lives in Sonoma and is married to his high school sweetheart. They have two daughters together.

HOBBIES:
John and his family visit Pismo Beach multiple times a year to camp, surf, and participate in sand motorsports. You can also find him fishing, hunting, and rock crawling with his Jeep.

“At Team Ghilotti everyone has a position on the field and we all play it. We’re a real team that works together and we support each other’s success.”


ABEL CANLAS // ESTIMATING COORDINATOR

ABEL CANLAS // ESTIMATING COORDINATOR

BIO:
Abel is a key part of Team Ghilotti’s exceptional estimating team. Hailing from a general construction engineering family business based in the Philippines, Abel joined Team Ghilotti in 2013 and brought high-level technical expertise and field experience to the estimating practice. After earning his degree in Civil Engineering, he joined the Public Works division of the Government of the Philippines for three years, then went on to become a project inspector for the U.S. Naval Facilities Engineering Command, a division of the U.S. Navy. Prior to joining the Team, he served as a junior estimator at Maggiora & Ghilotti for five years. From executing bids for small, private projects to involvement in the construction of a major commercial port overseas, Abel has done it all.

FAMILY:
Abel is married and has two grown children. He makes frequent trips to visit his extended family in the Philippines.

HOBBIES:
Abel loves watching all sports and is a Golden State Warriors fan through and through.

“Team Ghilotti is all about the people, the process, and culture. It’s really a special place to be.”


JOE PETRONI // UNDERGROUND FOREMAN

JOE PETRONI // UNDERGROUND FOREMAN

BIO:
Joe brings a lifetime of field experience to set Team Ghilotti’s standard of excellence in underground operations. Joe got his first taste of field work at the ripe age of eight, washing trucks on weekends for a family friend’s phase excavating business. With more than 20 years of experience in excavating, digging, and trenching, Joe began as an operator for the Team when he joined in 2011 and was promoted to Underground Foreman in 2015. Aside from always delivering accurate job site layouts, Joe excels at community relations and prioritizes safety at all times.

FAMILY:
Joe is originally from Penngrove and currently lives in Rohnert Park with his wife, two children, and three hunting dogs.

HOBBIES:
Joe’s a family man and outdoorsman who enjoys spending time landscaping, venturing through the woods, and going on out-of-state hunting excursions.

“I get tremendous satisfaction and pride knowing we’ve built something that will always be a part of the community.”


ED PONTE // GRADING FOREMAN

ED PONTE // GRADING FOREMAN

BIO:
With a long track record of successful job completions and decades in the field, Ed has been with Team Ghilotti since day one. Growing up around vintage heavy equipment, Ed developed a passion for operating and joined the union early to launch a career in construction. Prior to joining the Team, he served as a Grading Foreman for such firms as DeSilva Gates, Maggiora & Ghilotti, and Ghilotti Construction. With expertise in grade checking and knowledge of environmental factors which can impact a job, Ed brings an informed perspective to plan and execute grading projects with hands-on precision.

FAMILY:
Ed lives in Petaluma and enjoys spending time with his son.

HOBBIES:
Ed keeps busy on his family ranch with his host of beef cows and vintage farm equipment.

“At Team Ghilotti, our crew is constantly learning and mastering skills across all our service areas. It keeps our team engaged and the work is always interesting and dynamic.”


EGIDIO BETTINELLI // GRADING FOREMAN

EGIDIO BETTINELLI // GRADING FOREMAN

BIO:
Egidio joined Team Ghiotti in 2012 and has more than 30 years of dedicated experience leading grading projects throughout the Bay Area. He began his career right out of the gate and mastered his skills in operating. His career has taken him all over and exposed him to a multitude of road, freeway, and parking lots projects for public and private clients. Prior to joining the Team, he served as a grading foreman for Ghilotti Construction for nine years. Egidio has a true passion for running equipment, motivating his crew, and ensuring quality standards for the successful completion of projects –on time and on budget.

FAMILY:
Egidio lives in Ukiah with his wife and is a father to his son and three stepchildren.

HOBBIES:
Egidio enjoys hunting, fishing, and taking his boat out on Lake Mendocino.

“Team Ghilotti is like a family. Everyone is motivated to work hard, pull their weight, and do better so we can all be successful together.”


MATTHEW MILLER // PAVING FOREMAN

BIO:
Matthew joined Team Ghilotti in 2016 with a strong track record of public and private sector experience to lead Team Ghilotti’s paving projects. At an early age, Matthew was building houses and laying concrete alongside his father, who owned a Mason company. He developed a greater interest in the field and expanded his experience, eventually leading teams for several Northern California contractors with a specialty in paving, dirt work, and retaining walls. As an organized worker who prioritizes open communication with crews, clients, and the community, Matthew is adept at staging projects and shifting plans in uncertain conditions.

FAMILY:
Matthew lives in Napa and is married with three school-aged kids who keep him very busy on the weekends.

HOBBIES:
Matt enjoys coaching his daughter’s softball team and heading to the lake or the beach with his family.

“The work here is rewarding and I love the challenge each day will bring.”


MIKE DAILY // UNDERGROUND FOREMAN

MIKE DAILY // UNDERGROUND FOREMAN

BIO:
With more than 30 years of experience, Mike’s extensive work on major commercial projects, subdivisions, and public works is an asset for scaling Team Ghilotti’s underground capabilities. Mike credits his stepfather for first exposing him to construction as a kid, and bringing him through a satisfying and fruitful career in underground work. After serving as a U.S. Army Paratrooper, Mike traveled throughout the state and worked at firms such as Ranger Pipeline, Northwest General Engineering, and Argonaut. With an approachable, can-do attitude, Mike brings the best of Team Ghilotti’s values of open communication, mentorship, and safety on each project.

FAMILY:
Mike lives in Point Arena with his wife and has a grown daughter.

HOBBIES:
Mike lives on a wooded property that he enjoys maintaining. He rescued two dogs from the Paradise fires who are welcome additions to the various animals he keeps.

“Team Ghilotti cares about the work and the people. There’s a lot of trust and ownership, and that’s rare.”


STEVE MACK // FIELD COORDINATOR

STEVE MACK // FIELD COORDINATOR

BIO:
With versatile industry experience, Steve supports all of Team Ghilotti’s projects across all service areas. As a fixture in North Bay construction circles, Steve ran the service department at Big 4 Rents and spent ten years in dispatch and field coordination at Maggiora & Ghilotti. Steve’s greatest asset is his broad skillset and deep understanding of all aspects of construction management. Since joining Team Ghilotti in 2009, Steve has mentored and trained staff and helps crews get things done to Team Ghilotti’s standards. His proactive efforts and nimble troubleshooting abilities enable his teammates to be consistently successful under all circumstances.

FAMILY:
Steve lives in Sonoma and is married with two grown children and two stepchildren.

HOBBIES:
Steve loves his cars, which include a1926 Dodge Sedan and a 2007 Ford Mustang Shelby GT. He’s also an outdoor sportsman and enjoys trap shoot competitions and fly fishing.

“The ‘No Scream Team’ is real. We collaborate with mutual respect to get the job done in a way that makes us proud.”

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